Steven Utash was minding his own business in Detroit last week, when a young boy ran out into the street. There wasn't time to do much for Utash, so he slammed on his breaks-but it was too late. Realizing he had struck the child, he stopped and exited his vehicle, out of concern for the young boy's safety.
Shortly, a mob had gathered and surrounded Utash. They would have nothing of his explanation and beat him relentlessly. He wasn't more than a few minutes from death by beating when retired nurse Deborah Hughes arrived on the scene with her licensed .38. Mr. Utash was lucky a CCW permit holder happened to be in the neighborhood, as the beating he received, which was widely covered by the news in Detroit, was so severe he was in a coma.
On its face, it appears the driver did nothing wrong. It was a tragic accident that was a wrong place/wrong time situation for everyone involved. But, mob actions like this are more and more prevalent these days. They are reported nationwide every week, and they are always associated with violence. Mobs act as mobs, and there isn't anything you can do about it, other than take every precaution to avoid the possiblity.
To that end, there are simple rules to follow to minimize the potential of being in this type of situation. First, travel only on streets you are familiar with. Don't go places you know to be unfriendly to outsiders. This means, if you are going from the suburbs to the city for a day of sight seeing, stay on main thoroughfares, and be aware of your surroundings. Be more careful if you are on residential streets, as kids do stupid things, like running out in front of cars-its part of being a kid. And don't count on a CCW holder to be there to protect you if you do fall victim to a mob action. Know the laws of your state for concealed carry of firearms. Take the class. Get the training. Get the license. It is our duty to protect ourselves and our loved ones. And heaven forbid, you are thrust into a situation as Ms. Huges was, and be unable to render aid to an innocent person being beaten to death. Let that sink in. What would this story be about had she not been there?
Nearly every state in the US will allow qualified individuals to carry a firearm, however the percentage of residents in the US who do carry is not such that you can count on a concerned citizen to protect you in a situation such as this, and the police take on average 20+ minutes to respond to a 911 call nationwide-even longer response times in higher crime areas. Additionally, with budgets stretched thin in every major city in America, you may wait a half hour or more on an emergency call to police. Protect yourself. In the end, your self reliance can, and will save your life!